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Minister for Western Sydney says proposed freeway isn’t ‘locked in’

Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres says a proposed Sydney freeway, which would see hundreds of homes demolished, isn’t “locked in”.

The Castlereagh corridor to link the M7 motorway with the Bells Line of Road has laid unused for decades, but the government has proposed an amendment to the line so it would instead run right through the homes of local residents.

The decision to overrule the amendment falls under the control of three ministers;  Andrew Constance,  Melinda Pavey and Stuart Ayres.

Speaking with Ray Hadley, Mr Ayres says “the transport corridor between Bells Line of Road and the M7 Motorway is one of the most crucial”.

“We’ve got to make sure we get this right.”

He tells Ray the decision to amend the corridor is due to “priority conservations”, but ensures there is room for movement.

“The government hasn’t locked in to that alternative corridor.

“It wants to be able to test community feedback on the original corridor versus the proposed one that’s out there at the moment.

“I’m hearing that message very, very clearly from the people of Castlereagh, that they would prefer the 1951 corridor.”

Listen to the full interview below